Snapping Alligator Causes Lockdown at NJ School

Gator bites at handler, rips handler’s pants during science event

Science Week led to a brief lockdown at a southern New Jersey school when a 6-foot alligator tried to take a bite out of an animal handler.

The handler was showing the gator to eighth-graders at Berlin Community School on Thursday.

School Superintendent Tony Trongone told The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill the gator was sitting on the handler's lap when it became aggressive and tore the handler’s pants.

Trongone says students were ushered out of the room and the school was briefly placed on lockdown.

The superintendent says the man wasn't injured and left with the alligator.

Trongone says he plans to review the school's policies for future events.

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